This is not what I was saying at all. I, personally, went through a 15 year period where I hardly ever listened to FM radio (aside from NPR) and was completely unaware of any new popular artists and all the MTV stuff. I hated it! I was mostly listening to late 80s early 90s English stuff, Scott Walker, some obscure hip hop, etc. Then the "indie" craze happened and I started to check out some of those bands. I thought it was an interesting sound for a while and I actually sought out indie bands to work with. I've literally done over 100 records like that now.so in your opinion everyone should be listening to more current FM radio and trying to make our stuff sound like that?
Of all the artists I've worked with, I can only think of a handful who actually tell me that they enjoy listening to their own music. They seem to love making music, but just not listening to their own stuff. Strangely, the only people I've met that seem to listen to their recording with any regularity are the guys who are recording at home for fun.what if an artist is recording their music with the intention of making something they like?
That's a hard one. Again, I can think of SO many people who I've worked with who did their own recordings with an aesthetic that THEY thought was good only to have everyone tell them that they didn't like it. I think the reason is that because many artists are so close to their own material that its hard for them to hear things with enough objectivity. Of course, there are many exceptions, but artists tend to go off in a million different directions (such is the nature of creativity) and it can often take an outsider to pull things into focus.and trusting their aesthetic enough to think that maybe if they like it, someone else probably will too.
Of course some do. I mean, John Bonham is arguably one the greatest rock drummers of all time and has largely defined the sound of modern rock. Few drummers can play at his level and get that amount of power from a drum kit. Thus the need for close mics. The drummer from the Verve gets the closet, IMO. Bittersweet Symphony has one of the absolute best drum sounds on any record that I've heard in the last 20 years! Both When The Levee Breaks and Bittersweet Symphony have EXCELLENT captured room sounds that few people have been able to replicate. If, IF, you had a drummer that amazing in a space that sounded like the ones on either of those songs, then its a whole different ball game...do your friends like the way the drums sound on 'when the levee breaks'?